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New 26–30 rail card goes nationwide in application lottery

Robin Bowman

Robin Bowman
Mar 12, 2018

A countrywide trial starts tomorrow of the 26–30 Railcard, but only 10,000 will be released initially.

The card, which runs solely from an app gives millennials one third off most fares, excluding some peak fares.

The digital pass costs £30 and can be used to reduce fares in England, Scotland and Wales.

The card has already been trialled on the Greater Anglia network where 10,000 cards were sold.

Its success has led to a further 10,000 being put up for sale, and more are expected to be released in the near future.

To apply for a card and to register for updates about further releases in the future, visit

The new card was announced by in Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Budget last November. 

To apply, you need a credit or debit card, proof of age using a driving licence or passport, and also a digital passport-style photograph.

A minimum fare of £12 will be applied to all journeys before 10am Monday to Friday. Discounts are not applied to season tickets, but do apply to weekly and monthly tickets.

National Rail says usually the cost of a railcard will have paid for itself after one or two trips.

“Our customers save on average £190 a year, leaving you with a bit more money to eat out or save for a house.

“With the 26-30 Railcard you’ll also benefit from fantastic discounts on attractions and events.”


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